History was made at Shady Bowl Speedway Saturday night when Aliza Snapp of Springhills topped a full field of street stocks to win her first career feature. It was also the first win for a female driver in any division excluding compacts/tuners.
(Pictures courtesy of Isaacs Photo.)
Snapp, a third-generation driver, led all 20 laps in her SLS Racing Monte Carlo owned by her father Steve. James Harding was second and got by Snapp at one point, but a yellow flag reverted back to the last completed lap putting Snapp back out front. When the checker flew, Snapp was followed by Harding, Josh Sage, Steve Snapp, and Richard Roush. Fast qualifier Steve Snapp won the dash with Aliza and Bo Hoelsher taking heats.
The 30-lap feature saw Landon Sciacca and Mark Parker battle for the top spot until lap three when Parker took command. Josh Smith overtook Parker on lap thirteen and took over the lead. Smith set sail for the checker, but from his tenth-place starting spot, Greg Stapleton had his “Black Stealth” car on the move. Stapleton powered his Howe Racing sponsored car out front on lap 29 to take the win. Smith held on for second with fast qualifier Nathan Herron third, Matthew Parsons fourth, and Parker fifth. Curt Frazier was the heat race winner with Nathan Herron taking the dash win.
Brad Yelton of Bellefontaine took the lead from Gregg Jackson on lap four and went on to win the modified feature. Greg Stapleton’s late race charge came up just short and he had to settle for second. Chris Parker was third, Jackson fourth, and Greg Winget fifth. Yelton also carried the checker for the dash with Joe Pequignot doing the same in the heat race.
Ron Masters of Mechanicsburg dominated the 20-lap tuner main to post his first tuner win of 2013. Holli, Gary, and Terry Eaton finished second through fourth. Heat winner Chad Small II finished fifth in the feature. Terry Eaton was the dash winner.
In compact action, Kenny George Jr. of New Carlisle won his 5th feature of the season in his Wholesale Auto Parts Cavalier. Josh Foltz, Nicholas Meade, Jeff Wintrow, and Alex George rounded out the top five.
The Dwarf car feature saw Jason Hitchcock of Covington post his first-ever win as he held off Brandon Bayse for the victory. Dash winner Greg Sparks was third with Daniel Wirick and Jesse Gade rounding out the top five.
There were Big Wheel races for the kids with Bre Young, Bryant Eaton, and Richard Reppogle peddling to victory.
In a special presentation, LeDona Heath was honored with the fan appreciation award.
This Saturday will be a big night for Shady Bowl fans as Bobby Dale Earnhardt will be on hand to race in the late division. Bobby Dale is the son of Kerry Earnhardt and grandson of the late Dale Earnhardt. He will be signing autographs at 6:15. Autograph cards will be available at no charge to the first 450 fans at the sign-in area. The event is sponsored by Heath Farms of Quincy. The late models, modifieds, sport stocks, tuners, compact, and Pro4s will also compete. Racing begins at 7 p.m.